Kachalov and Olga Knipper in Hamlet
At the time of studying at the St. Petersburg University he performed in the student theater group under the direction of V.N. Davydov.
In 1897-1900 he played in Kazan, Saratov. Since 1900 he was an actor of the Moscow Art Academic Theater named after M. Gorky, on the stage of which he played 55 roles, among them: Berendey ("The Snow Maiden" by Alexander Nikolaevich Ostrovsky), Tuzenbakh and Vershinin, Petya Trofimov, Trigorin, Astrov ("Three Sisters", "Cherry Orchard", "The Seagull", "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov), Baron ("At the Bottom" of Maxim Gorky), Chatsky ("Woe from Wit" by Alexander Sergeevich Griboyedov), Gamlet, Caesar ("Hamlet", "Yuli Caesar" by William Shakespeare), Don Juan ("The Stone Guest" by Alexander Pushkin), Ivan Karamazov ("B. Atiyah Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky), and others.
In the spring and summer of 1914 he was on tour in the city of Voronezh, where he performed with reading programs on works by Alexei Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Adam Mitskevich, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, Alexander Alexandrovich Blok, Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev.
Quotes from others about the person
“The Russian director and puppeteer, Sergey Obraztsov, described seeing Kachalov on stage: "That matchless voice of his sounded different each time. Different too was that amazing process of creating a phrase, and every visual image evoked by the word. One had the impression that Kachalov was not merely speaking but thinking aloud, and that the words one heard were only a part of what he was seeing with his inner eye. For that reason people did not merely listen to Kachalov, they watched what he was talking about."”